Congratulations, you did it! Now that you’ve graduated and have your degree, you’re probably wondering how to start the job search for your rewarding dream career. In today’s competitive job market, it is strongly encouraged to target the job you want, not wait around for job openings. Go and seek the advice of contacts within your chosen field, or ask to take a tour and sit down with a department manager. Below are five tips for recent college grads:
1. Answer the “big” questions
Start by mapping out an overall life plan for yourself. This includes your dream job, dream location, dream home, and dream family. Remember this is your life, and you get to decide what you do and where you’ll go with it. What field is you dream job in? How large of a company would you like to work for? Ask yourself questions to narrow down the options of positions and places you’d like to be. One more thing: yes, these are, by nature, “big” questions – but that’s no reason to be nervous! Think positive, and think big!
2. Brainstorm your contacts
“It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” Connections are crucial when you’re job hunting. Consider reaching out to connections for informational interviews in your field of choice. Didn’t Aunt Karen say she knows the Senior Vice President of an accounting firm in Seattle? This is the time to network like crazy. Start contacting folks you know through email and social networks. It’s the people you know that could help you start a great career.
3. Make the call
If you’re reaching out for an informational interview, you can contact individuals through email or LinkedIn. Most businesses are happy to inform you about what they do, and give you a tour of the workplace. However, if you don’t hear back immediately, always follow up with a phone call. Taking the initiative to make a personal connection shows that you’re serious and not afraid to take action.
4. Be prepared
Once you’ve landed the formal interview, make sure to dress in professional business attire. You have one chance to leave a lasting impression on your possible future employer. If you’re unsure of what to wear or what the standard attire is, reach out to someone in the field for advice. Look up common interview questions, practice responses and always take notes–its shows you are listening.
5. Always follow up
One way to reaffirm that you’re sharp and engaged following an interview is to send an email restating your interest in the job, your appreciation of the employees’ time, and your belief that your skill-set will benefit the organization. The company will appreciate your continued interest, and hopefully reach out to you with another follow-up email or call.
Now that you’ve mastered these tips, it’s time to put that hard-earned degree to work! It’s always better to be prepared and make sure you network like there’s no tomorrow. If you’re seeking employment and want an even greater boost to your employability arsenal, turn to the experts at Oggi. You could say we’re accounting, finance and sales recruiters, but really we’re so much more. Take a look at our list of current opportunities, and let us help you find that dream career!
Note: This article uses information adapted from an original article by Marja Norris for Fortune.com. View the article here for more information.